UPDATE: MISSING - Sandra Cantu body found - container found near Sugar Cut slough contained young girl
Sandra Cantu dead - body found in pondReward for information has grown to $22,165 thanks to donations from the public.
Sacramento bounty hunter Leonard Padilla has offered $10,000 for her safe return of Sandra by midnight Sunday, “no questions asked.”.
Sandra is 4 feet tall and weighs 45 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a pink Hello Kitty T-shirt and black leggings. She was reported missing at 7:53 p.m. Friday, and a search was started 15 minutes later. She was last seen around 4 p.m. Friday.
Update: 04-02-09 - Investigators will search Old River this afternoon to see if they can find anything that would help them find an 8-year-old Tracy girl missing now for nearly six full days. (Google map Old River - Link)
Meanwhile, Tracy police and volunteers will continue digging through the trash of everyone in the city through the weekend, and keep pursuing every one of the 569 leads that have come in since little Sandra Cantu went missing on Friday afternoon from her home in Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park.
Investigators refuse to say what sort of evidence they’ve found so far, but police said that what was found has helped narrow down the case.
“From videotapes to psychics, there is no single lead that is ignored until it is investigated,” said Tracy police Lt. Jeremy Watney today at a morning press conference.
Update: 04-02-09 - Father interviewed by police, proclaims innocence, states he has had no contact with her in over a year
Daniel Cantu, said today that he hasn’t seen his daughter in a year.
“Did I take my daughter? No,” Cantu said. “But I wish I did. I wish I had my daughter. At least I’d know she’s warm … I’d know that she’s fed … I’d know that she’s okay.”
Cantu, 37, is a Tracy native who attended Tracy High School has lived in Mexicali, Mexico, for the past year. He works as a saw operator for the National Beef Packing Company in Brawley, about two hours east of San Diego. The company declined to talk about Cantu. Cantu was in town over the weekend, left, and said he has been in Tracy since Tuesday. Tracy police questioned him Wednesday at the police department, where a friend dropped him off.
Source: Tracy Press - Link
Update: 04-02-09 - Family and friends of Sandra Cantu have given police some recent photos of her — from her March birthday, Christmas and the Fourth of July 2008.
Source: Tracy Press - Link
Youtube video - Tracy Police PIO interview
Update: Tracy Police Sgt. Tony Shenemen, leading the investigation into Sandra’s disappearance feels they have received credible tips that will ultimately lead to her whereabouts; and she will be found alive.
Arrest at searched house not directly connected to Sandra's disappearance.
Police searched four mobile homes in the park, a building in Tracy and another in Oakdale, police announced. What they found remains undisclosed, and the FBI is analyzing evidence, Sheneman said.
Orchard Estates resident Christian Sinclair, 49, was taken to the Tracy police department, arrested, fingerprinted, photographed, cited and released on the misdemeanor charge, said Sgt. Tony Sheneman, police spokesman.
Sheneman said Sinclair verbally badgered agents and officers as they searched a mobile home. His arrest is “unrelated to the investigation” of the girl’s disappearance, the spokesman said.
Investigators are tracking down more than 150 tips that have come in from the public.
Police say there is no evidence Sandra was abducted or the victim of foul play.
She was last seen on surveillance video Friday afternoon in the mobile home park where her family lives. Last seen wearing Pink " Hello Kitty" shirt and Black leggings
Information about the case should be directed to the Tracy Police Department at 831-6847. Tips may be called in to 831-4550 or to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.
Man who kissed missing girl questioned - Tracy Press - Link
FBI Joins Search for Missing 8-Year-Old California Girl - Fox News - Link
Hundreds crowd multipurpose room - Tracy Press - Link
CERT - Trained volunteers spring into action - Tracy Press - Link
6 Homes searched - Two men questioned, now termed "persons of interest," in missing girl case. - AP - Link
Missing Child: Tracy, Ca - Missing 8-year-old Sandra Cantu